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2262, WA/10
Wathes Collection

Speaker: Anon., 1954 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Businessman
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Describes work as apprentice at Gardener Refrigeration, working in Devon and Cornwall having started at Devon & Torbay Refrigeration. Outlines attending college in Torquay, learning on the job, status of job, moving to office in Plymouth, then Exeter. Comments on lack of union membership. Talks about managing in Exeter, skills needed for refrigeration work. Explains move to Prestcold, Leicester, then joining Wathes Western, Leicester. Describes situation at Wathes when joined, changes made to broaden outlook and create profit. Comments on refrigeration always being needed by food retailers. Explains attitude to business and Wathes specifically. Talks about acquisitions such as General Refrigeration, how the company has created profits, the refrigeration industry and the company's place in it. Reflects on career and work.
Place of birth: Torquay, Devon
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Manager
Mother's Occupation: Housewife; Shopworker
Location: County: Leicestershire, Devon
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Language: English

Recording Date: 8/12/2003
Playing time: 1 hr 51 mins
Access Restrictions: Name withheld Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
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